Bideford had experienced sailors, ship-owners and merchants who could transport goods to America and the New World. This tells us about early English colonists and how they lived their lives. Pipkins (saucepans), cooking pots, three-legged cauldrons, large dome topped ovens, storage jars, bowls and milk pans were exported.
Tobacco was imported upon the ships’ return. Baluster jars, containers for foodstuffs such as fish and butter, were made in enormous quantities between the late sixteenth and early century seventeenth centuries. In 1585 Bideford colonists carried them to present-day Roanoke Island in North Carolina. Sherds (small pieces) have also been found in North America from English sites dated up to about the 1630s, stretching across Virginia, Canada and Bermuda.